About Kathleen Tagg


Kathleen Tagg is a celebrated PIANIST who has performed on 4 continents “…think of the best efforts of Botticelli and Tiziano combined in one person…” New York Concert Review of Carnegie Hall debut recital.


As a COMPOSER, Kathleen has a catologue of over 70 songs and arrangements, the musical Erika’s Wall and commissions from the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra, Jewish Culture Fest Vienna and David Krakauer.


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KRAKAUER-TAGG at Boulez Saal: Teaser from Breath & Hammer II.

Breath & Hammer II Live at the Boulez Saal, Berlin. March 2019.

Each piece had a totally different look and feel, but for the sake of impression, the visuals from multiple pieces have been put together into one short teaser film. Projections & design by Jesse Gilbert. Music: My piece Berimbau. Video by Ede Müller.

KRAKAUER-TAGG 360° at Boulez Saal


Angola by Bheki Mseleku; D'Julle, Ons en Hulle by Andre Petersen; Rapela by Moses Molelekwa


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Kathleen Tagg is a multi-faceted musician forging a unique path by moving seamlessly between genres and roles.  Based in New York since 2001, the South African pianist, composer and producer has performed on 4 continents in leading venues such as Carnegie Hall, had her original music performed in venues such as New York’s Lincoln Center, appeared on a host of recordings of classical, world music and multi-genre recordings and produced numerous recordings and inter-disciplinary programs from South Africa to Los Angeles. Her work has been released on record labels NAXOS,  Table Pounding Records, Ossia Records and Gallo Africa.

Studies were at the University of Cape Town, Mannes College of Music and the Manhattan School of Music in New York, which awarded her the Helen Cohn Award as the outstanding Doctoral graduate, and where she taught for four years. In 2014 she was appointed to the faculty of SongFest in Los Angeles in 2014, and she was a 2014-15 Fellow of the Dramatist Guild of America.


She has performed with artists such as David Krakauer, Paquito D’Rivera, Matt Haimovitz, Kinan Azmeh, Kevork Mourad, SongFusion Jnai Brugger and Regina Zona. Commissions include the Suidooster Festival for the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra, David Krakauer and the Jewish Culture Fest Vienna. Her full-length musical, Erika’s Wall, created with Sophie Jaff, received its premiere run in Chicago in 2010 by The Music Theater Company under the direction of Jessica Redish. She is a proud member of ASCAP, the Dramatist Guild of America and Chamber Music America.